Summer is here. If you’re longing for a real vacation free from checking email and voice mails, here’s how to successfully disconnect:
- Designate a pinch hitter. Allow someone to sit in for you while you are gone. Fill the person in on any projects or clients that will need support in your absence. You may need to spread the support among several people.
- Get ahead. Work ahead as much as you can to reduce the amount of work for your stand-ins. Plan to train those filling in, and leave enough time for them to take a trial run and come to you with questions.
- Make it automatic. Set emails to send on particular dates. Draft social media reports and web updates early and automate them as well. Set your out-of-office reply with information on where to go for support in your absence.
- Make a contact plan. Set up emergency procedures, and leave the information with one person. List items that qualify as an emergency. If employees have to contact you, you’ll hear from them without needing to log in to check emails.
— Adapted from “5 Ways to Successfully Unplug on Vacation,” Kathy Caprino, www.linkedin.com.